Thursday, April 29, 2010
I have to admit I'm a little nervous about today. It's been six weeks since my last weigh-in, body fat% test and measurements with the trainer... I'm not totally sure they are going to move too far in my favor. But we'll see.
Woke up at 4:30 (yikes!), had some coffee and some breakfast - if I do not eat a good breakfast before I visit the trainer, I feel totally faint.
I'm really looking forward to today's workout. Within the last week I've been noticing some good changes in my body. My triceps are more defined (I spotted a muscle shadow in the mirror yesterday) and I'm starting to get a little definition in my legs. This totally inspires me to keep running and mountain biking. There is nothing like the burn in your quads when you're pedaling up a gravel-y, rocky path in the woods.
I packed my lunch very carefully last night. I like to take lots of different things for my lunch, but I was discovering that this made my lunches a bit high in calories. Sometimes way over half my day's calories were being eaten in lunch! So last night when i packed my lunch, I made a conscious effort to measure everything and make it in smaller portions. Half a cup of spaghetti, half a cup of Greek yogurt, no cheese or walnuts on my salad (I don't miss them when they're not there)... and my lunch checks in at under 500 calories. This is super news!
Decided not to take the bike out tonight; I'm getting a good workout in this morning, and I think it's going to be quite windy this afternoon. Tomorrow is supposed to be MUCH nicer - in the low 80s - so I'll wait until then to go back to the trail. I can't wait!!!
Off to get ready for the gym... have a super day!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I thought it was so funny that everyone had a different name for those jigglies under the arm!
The Fourth Gateway: Manage Your Money
I read this chapter while on the stationary bike, so I think I'll have to re-read it to get the deeper meaning. But from what I read, the author writes that money has often been portrayed as being evil, while not having money has been portrayed as being noble (think Robin Hood, Scrooge McDuck...). He then goes on to write that it's not money that's inherently evil, it's what we do with it. He wrote a little story about how he saw something that a celebrity did with their money, and he though it was totally ridiculous. How dare they spend their money like that! But then he realized that the celebrity worked hard for their money and gave much of their earnings to charity... who was he to judge what she did with her money?
So this got me thinking about my own money issues. I used to be totally careless with my money and credit - racking up bills, buying whatever I wanted at that moment, and not planning for my future. Many thousands of dollars later, I have cut down on my spending and really think about my purchases and where my money is going. I am finally at a point in my life where I can easily identify my values and goals (with much help from SparkPeople!) and when I *do* spend my money, I don't feel guilty about it. All this from a book.
So this book is really helping me to be happy about where I am in life right now, while still working toward fulfilling my goals and living life according to my values.
This afternoon is a little bike ride on a trail (I get to try out the new bike and helmet!!!). The forecast says wind, but a little wind won't kill me; it will help me to figure out the conditions in which I can ride comfortably.
Today I will:
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Pack lunch for Wednesday
Clean the dining room table
Fold laundry from Sunday (yikes!)
Have a super day!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Yes, I *did* mean "bare." Over the weekend I found some focus and a goal. Buff arms for the summer. Instead of dance class yesterday morning, which I only enjoy a little bit, I decided to get in some biking (I did 45 minutes on the stationary bike!) and some great arm strength training. I did a bunch of really good arm stuff, and I'm definitely feeling it today. That's a good thing. My triceps are even sore, which rarely happens. These bingo arms have to go! (*note - Bingo arms are the flab under the arm, named after old ladies who yell out "Bingo!" and swing their arms around in the air while they call out.)
This morning was a little swim (I am doing much better with a 20 minute swim rather than a 30 minute swim - those 10 minutes make a huge difference!) and I could feel the soreness in my upper body. I'm excited that I'm able to do my own workouts at the gym to make my muscles work hard. I think it means I'm mentally tougher and able to push myself harder. Wahoo!
It felt really good to be in control of my day yesterday. It was my choice to go to the gym and do strength training instead of dance class. I feel like the classes at the gym were starting to become a habit (for good or for bad) and I was going because I felt like I *had* to go, not because I really *wanted* to go. Now that the weather is starting to get nice (well, not today, it's raining), I'm really determined to spend more time outside getting some exercise.
Today I will:
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water (I'm already at 2!)
Pack lunch for Tuesday
Spend quality time with honey (the cleaning can wait until a night when he is at work!)
Give someone a compliment
Have a super day!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
My best friend and I went shopping yesterday at some outdoor shoppes (yes, "shoppes"). It was a beautiful day, I was ready to spend some money (on a helmet and bike rack), and I found a really good place for dinner. I haven't gone shopping with anyone else in a really really long time... I usually like to go by myself so I can try a bunch of stuff on, put it on hold, go back... it gets long and annoying (even to me!). But despite my strange shopping habits, we had a really good time. But I did observe some things that I thought were interesting...
Female salespeople seem to be much nicer to people who are thin; people who are "supposed" to fit into their clothes.
I am much nicer to salespeople now that I am smaller. There was a shop we went into yesterday to look for some shoes - it's a boutique shop, and they sell lots of designer stuff - and the salesgirls were all thin. The funny thing was, I didn't even think twice about it. Usually I'd go into a place like that and think "they must think I'm so fat, I don't even know what I'm doing in here." There was none of that yesterday.
I bought a helmet yesterday at L.L.Bean. It's a Bell with a visor on it. I trust the Bell brand, but something strange happened and I didn't even realize it was strange until this morning. The first question the guy asked me was "what color is your bike?" I answered and he got me a helmet with a visor because I told him I'd be riding on trails. This morning I thought "huh, that was strange. He probably should have first asked me where I'd be riding my bike." I could give a rip what color my helmet is, I just want it to save my life if I crash! Weird.
Didn't get a bike rack yesterday. Even though the guy at LLBean was a little shady (I felt like he thought I was some dumb girl), he did tell me that Thule is coming out with a new trunk rack on May 4th that doesn't use straps, it has a cable system. I checked it out online when I got home, and it looks really cool. He was telling me that it doesn't sway as much and it's much sturdier than a strap system. I think I can wait until May 4th. Until then, I'll take the front wheel off my bike and carefully put it in my back seat.
Today is some stationary bike and strength training. There is a dance class at 9:00, but I am really making an effort to work toward my goal of having muscle-y arms by summer. Focus.
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Pack lunch for Monday
Choose outfits for the week
Put away purchases from yesterday
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